REVIEW: Eun Sun Kim makes stunning debut in Verdi’s Requiem at May Festival


The opening bars of Verdi’s Requiem have never been so palpably mournful as the May Festival Chorus intoned the words “Requiem aeternam” – eternal rest.

That emotional moment began a masterful, 90-minute journey that was both deeply personal and terrifying in its power. Making her festival debut, guest conductor Eun Sun Kim, 37, expertly balanced the forces of the 120-voice May Festival Chorus, a quartet of superb soloists, trumpeters in the gallery and the full Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra…

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